My day job is in software engineering and the little known specialty of build and release engineering. Okay, half of you just stopped reading and the other half your eyes have glazed over.  It’s a difficult job to explain.  Best way to think of it is this way: Next time your computer, cell phone, or tablet announce that there is a software update – think of me.  Somewhere in the computer cloud was an engineer like me who, through dark and mysterious procedures, made the up available to your system.

I often describe my job as “change management.” There are always pressures to change software to fix bugs, or add new features.  My job is to figure out how to get those changes from the army of engineers who create them and deliver those to you.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking that my writing and this blog are due for an update.

I started this blog six years ago.  It was started with the notion to some discipline around my writing and generally improve.  Lately I’ve been feel that I need to push my writing to a new level – levels other than the weekly essay style.  Then there’s the problem of time – not enough of it.  I am working on a novel, a poetry collection, and have one poetry book I hope to release soon.

Sadly, I can’t do all I want with writing while stilling working at my day job and have time for my woodworking.

With mixed feelings, I am going to change the posting schedule for this blog.  Starting this month there will be one essay posted on the first Sunday of each month.  I plan for these month posts to be more writing progress reports as I plow through my book’s first draft, and work on polishing my poetry.

Wednesday woodworking will become just two Wednesdays a month, but Friday wisdom posts will continue each week.

I’ve receive a bunch of feedback suggesting that folks like the little gems wisdom I post.  Some of these are from my father, some I’ve made up, and I steal a few from time to time.

I’ve enjoyed doing the weekly posts, but in the last few months, they’ve started to become a chore, rather than a joy.

So, it’s time for an update.

Press, “Yes” to continue …

Till next time,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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51 Responses to Changes

  1. Good luck, Andrew. I actually spend my “9 to 5” (Yeesh, is that an outdated and laughably inaccurate term or what?) writing and communicating in various formats and forums about endeavors like that. So only one eye glazed over. 😉 Hugs.

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  2. And then there’s life, the universe, and all that – wait, that already got taken by another author. Best wishes on your new strategy.

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  3. Do what you gotta do. I’m glad others have expressed their love of the Friday wisdom posts. We can’t not have those!

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  4. Connie T says:

    I run out of stuff or inspiration of stuff to write about. I would comment on every blog that did the weekly photo challenge. I only got a handful of comments back, so I just stopped. Thank you for visiting my blog. You are one in a million. I just did a post a couple of days ago and you read it. I have not posted much because I have cancer and chemo treatments drain me.

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  5. When I first started my blog, I was going to post every day. WTF was I thinking? I quickly figured out that wasn’t going to happen and settled down to my once a week posting schedule. But like it is with pirates, it’s more of a guideline than a rule… Some weeks it works; some weeks it doesn’t. It’s all good…

    Do what you need to do to keep it fresh and get it done my friend. And this applies to all aspects of life, not just your blog! Just delete and reload.

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  6. So, those updates were your fault, were they? 🙂 I’m changing my blogging habits too, for siliar reasons. Bon voyage!

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  7. Sounds like a good plan. Here’s to more writing time! 👍

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  8. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    I hear you Andrew. Good luck with all your projects 😊

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  9. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I look forward to whatever, and whenever, you post to WP, Anderew. The important thing is to keep posting.

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  10. Annika Perry says:

    This makes good sense, Andrew – I’m having to cut down postings as well. Glad you’re still going to be on WP!

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  11. Carrie Rubin says:

    You know I understand this well. There are just not enough minutes in the day. Best of luck with things, Andrew!

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  12. lorieb says:

    I hear you, have the same problem every gardening season, just not enough hours in the day/week!

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  13. Glynis Jolly says:

    Time becomes a monster sometimes when you want to write. The new schedule should give you some relief.

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  14. nimi naren says:

    I love reading your posts Andrew. Good luck!

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  15. Coisas EM'adeira says:

    Good luck!

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  16. timsablog says:

    At least you didn’t post a blue screen. I enjoy your posts but if they become a chore because of a self imposed schedule that will probably show through and they won’t be such a good read. I only post when I a) have time, and b) have something to say. I am impressed that you have managed to have something to say every week. Good luck with the book, poetry, woodworking and day job.

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  17. says:

    Whatever works.

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  18. We’re fortunate to have you in the world, not only because you make our communication easier, but also for your wisdom … and ( ! ) poetry. Thinking, you’ll feel glad you’ve allocated time for your writing. Very. Smiles…

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  19. Understood. Keep it fun. We will be waiting.

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  20. I’ll take what I can get, Andrew.

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  21. A guy has to do what a guy has to do. It sounds like you are balancing several projects and only you can decide how to manage them. Good luck. 🙂


  22. dorannrule says:

    I do not like change especially to my favorite things!

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